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Veteran-friendly hiring policy leads to new veteran hires
December 22, 2018
PALM DESERT, Calif – A veteran-friendly policy that Supervisor V. Manuel Perez pushed for to improve employment opportunities for veterans has helped over 40 veterans join the county workforce in the five months since the policy was initiated. Figures from the county’s HR department show that nearly 200 veteran and spouses applying for county jobs benefited from the policy’s guarantee of job interviews. Of those, 46 veterans have been hired and 18 are in pre-hire status, pending background check/physical.
“I am so proud of our initial results to hire these patriotic men and women who served our nation,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “The veterans employment preference, which ensures job interviews during the hiring process, is a significant step in our work to have Riverside County become the most veteran-friendly county in the country. This is a great start for us and I look forward to seeing more veterans hired in 2019.”
When Supervisor Perez took office, he wanted to aid veterans and their spouses seeking jobs with the County of Riverside that utilize their talents, education, leadership and dedication to serving the public.
The county’s previous point-based hiring preference system was decades old, and was testing based. As many jobs do not require testing, the policy was in need of modernizing to make it more functional for veteran applicants and county departments.
Supervisor Perez, his staff, and county officials in the Department of Human Resources developed a revitalized veteran employment preference program, among the most veteran- and veteran spouse-friendly employment programs in our state and likely in the country.
It improves the preference given to veterans by guaranteeing interviews to all qualified veterans and spouses, provided that applicants meet the requirements of the job.
The enhanced veteran hiring program was unanimously adopted by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in May, and took effect July 1. The program has been implemented across all county departments.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Smith III, a retired Marine combat veteran who served in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm-Desert Shield, praised Perez. “Supervisor Perez has worked very hard for veterans since taking office and we are grateful for all he is doing to assist veterans and their families. No doubt, these results are impressive. This program should be in every city and county in our state.”
All honorably discharged veterans and their spouses are eligible for the preference. Applicants are required to submit documented proof of the veteran’s honorable or general discharge, including a Form DD-214 or NGB-22, by the job posting deadline.
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